Read our latest blogs and letters to the editor.

Our blogs aim to help guide you through your later years and cover a wide range of subjects including essential advice for the over 50s, opinion pieces from our editor and our committee and help planning your time in retirement.

  • Blog: Bluebird Care on ways to look after your health when you have dementia 
    Blog: In his latest guest blog, Bluebird Care’s CEO, Shabir Hussain, looks at ways to look after your health when you have dementia  At Bluebird Care, we recently published a series of articles looking at making the most of life …more
  • Blog: Hearing Tests At Home
    In their December Blog, Hearing Check Sowerby Bridge look at how a hearing test can be made from the comfort of your own home Regular hearing checks are of utmost importance for individuals over 50. As we age, the risk of …more
  • Blog: Bluebird Care On How To Prepare For Winter
    Blog: In his latest guest blog, Bluebird Care’s CEO, Shabir Hussain, looks at a few easy things you can do to prepare for winter. See also: Blog 2 – Bluebird Care’s Community Work Blog 1 – Introducing Bluebird …more
  • Blog: Tackling Earwax With Microsuction
    In their November Blog, Hearing Check Sowerby Bridge look at microsuction as a method for removing excessive earwax build-up Why not catch up their other recent blogs as well – October Blog – The importance of keeping …more
  • Blog: The Importance of Keeping Up With Hearing Care Technology
    In their October Blog, Hearing Check Sowerby Bridge look at why keeping pace with advancements in hearing care technology is not just a trend but a necessity Why not catch up their other recent blogs as well – September …more
  • Blog: Bluebird Care’s Community Work
    Blog: In his second guest blog, Bluebird Care’s CEO, Shabir Hussain, explains why Bluebird are involved in a range of community work across Calderdale. See also: Blog 1 – Introducing Bluebird Care | Visit Bluebird …more
  • Blog: The link between hearing loss and dementia
    In their September Blog, Hearing Check Sowerby Bridge look at the link between hearing loss and dementia. Why not catch up their other recent blogs as well – August Blog: Hearing Check Sowerby Bridge – The Importance …more
  • Male Menopause: It’s not what you think
    You’ve probably heard of the menopause in women, but did you know men go through a similar hormonal change as they age? For some older men, the onset of male menopause can be a difficult time, with different symptoms beginning to …more
  • Beechwood Park Staying Well Event Review
    Our blog from Craig at Staying Well Hub describes a recent community activity day at Beechwood Park. We had a great day at Beachwood Park on 18 August, despite the less than perfect weather. We had Art in the Park, courtesy of …more
  • Why do I struggle in background noise?
    How well you can hear is affected by many factors.  Our guest blog from hearing expert and audiologist Sally Jackson looks at the impact of background noise on our ability to hear. There are many factors determining how well you …more
  • Planning Ahead While You Can
    Life is filled with events. Some are good, some are bad. Others are avoidable. Others are out of your control. Our guest blog outlines how and why its never too soon to start later life planning. The key to staying ahead in life …more
  • Get help paying your bills with Yorkshire Water’s special tariffs
    Yorkshire Water is working closely with Calderdale Forum 50 Plus to tell older people about the ways in which they can reduce their water consumption and save money on their water bills.  Their Customer Services team want to hear …more
  • When Your Parents Have Memory Loss: What Next?
    With the recent portrayal of a family’s experience of dementia in the film “The Father” starring Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Coleman, this guest blog is has some excellent and timely advice on coping when loved …more
  • Helpful tips for saving money by reducing your water consumption
    In the 1830s the average person in the UK would have got by on just 18 litres of water per day, however nowadays we are using over 135 litres a day (7.5 times the volume)! Calderdale Forum 50 Plus is working with Yorkshire Water …more
  • Lasting Powers of Attorney – what are they all about?
    You’ve probably heard of ‘Lasting Powers of Attorney’, but you might not be too sure what they’re all about. In a nutshell, a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) means that if (and it’s a big if) you ever lose mental capacity in the …more
  • Peer bereavement support groups in Calderdale
    A bereavement support group gives you a safe space to share experiences and emotions with people who have a shared knowledge and understanding of where you might be at. The time between someone dying and the funeral is often a …more
  • Avoiding loneliness this Christmas
    Many people experience a greater sense of loneliness at Christmas so here we bring you some ideas to help you survive during our most important festival. According to Age UK almost a million older people say they feel lonelier at …more
  • Planning ahead – making a Will
    Making a Will is something everyone should do, but even as we get older many of us shy away from doing so. Here we look at the reasons why you should make a will and how to go about it. Why do we shy away from making a will? Is …more
  • Blog: Strength training for women after 50
    Before the year 2000, when a woman went to the gym, she would gravitate to the cardio room either with a friend or by herself.  The treadmill, bike, or steppers were taken up mostly by women. The free-weight area of the gym was …more
  • Staying safe on your bike
    Safety is very important when riding a bike, and there are some easy safety measures you can take to protect yourself. Wear a cycling helmet. Falling from a bike or being knocked off in an accident can cause head injuries, so a …more